Top Capsule Hotels In Kyoto

There are a few good capsule hotels in Kyoto and they seem to be more interesting than in other cities  If you are not familiar with them, check out our capsule hotel first experience post.  Most people don’t book a capsule, as there are usually many available.  But if you are worried, just go to the capsuleContinue reading “Top Capsule Hotels In Kyoto”

Kyoto Internet Cafe Accommodation

A great way to save money.  Starting from an around one thousand yen, internet cafes are a super cheap way to stay in the city.  Probably much more comfortable than what you are used to back home, they are often the best way to stay the night downtown.  They are also great if you haveContinue reading “Kyoto Internet Cafe Accommodation”

Kansai International Airport (KIX)

How to get into Kyoto From Kansai Airport station, take the Nankai Airport Express to Shinimamiya station.  Then take the JR Yamatoji line or Osaka Loop Line (JR lines) to Osaka station.  From here, take the JR Special Rapid train (JR line) to Kyoto station (1780 yen, 105 minutes) How to get into Osaka From Kansai Airport station, take the NankaiContinue reading “Kansai International Airport (KIX)”

Itami Airport (ITM)

How to get into Kyoto Taking the train is cheapest way.  From Osaka Airport station, take the Monorail to Hotarugaike.  Next take the Hankyu Takarazuka Line (private line) to Juso station.  Then take the Hankyu Kyoto Line to Karasuma Station (650, 1 hour). This is in central Kyoto and quick ride on the Karasuma Line (subway) takes you to KyotoContinue reading “Itami Airport (ITM)”

How to get to Kyoto

By Air Kyoto doesn’t have it’s own airport, but is served by Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Itami Airport (ITM).  Itami Airport is a lot closer, so try to reserve for this airport if you can. Some travel centers, such as the Japan Travel Centre (UK), offer cheap tickets for under 25s, so call your local travel agent specializingContinue reading “How to get to Kyoto”

Honganji Temples

The Honganji temples, consisting of Nishi Honganji (west temple) and Higashi Honganji (east temple), are large Buddist complexes walking distance from Kyoto station.  Not as beautiful as Kinkaku-ji Temple or Ginkaku-ji Temple, but nice temples to have a walk around. Budget travel tips Save some money and see the city a bit by walking from Kyoto stationContinue reading “Honganji Temples”

Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower is a rather dated building that provides a view of Kyoto and its surrounding mountains.  It’s not going to blow you away, but is worth it if you have time. Budget travel tips Don’t forget to use the coupon for a little discount. Click on the tower pic and print the coupon onContinue reading “Kyoto Tower”

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple, AKA Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is something you really have to see with your own eyes.  The beautiful temple on a lake is surrounded by a quiet, peaceful garden and a real must see in Kyoto.  Also a World Heritage site. Budget travel tips Worth combining with the Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, to save onContinue reading “Kinkaku-ji Temple”

Ginkaku-ji Temple

Ginkaku-ji (Temple of Shining Mercy) is a stunning Zen Buddhist temple and a highlight of any trip to Kyoto. The traditional Japanese garden around the temple is full of interesting stone/gravel decorations and a ‘wishing stone’. Budget travel tips Combine this with a trip to Nanzen-ji temple, via the Philosopher’s Walk.  This should provide for a whole afternoon/morning’sContinue reading “Ginkaku-ji Temple”

Nishiki Market

An interesting downtown market near to Kyoto station.  Nishiki Market is known as a place to find Kyoto’s most famous fish, snacks and other various goods.  Budget travel tips Walk down the recommended route on the map below. Prices can be reasonable, but look around before purchasing as there is much on offer. How toContinue reading “Nishiki Market”